2018 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

The next generation 2018 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will be able to run 560 km with full tank at an increase of 134 km over the current model

Hyundai is certainly pushing the boundaries with its Tucson Fuel Cell SUV. Its new generation is due for launch in January 2018 and will receive 30% range boost. It will run up to 560 kilometres with a full tank compared to the current generation model’s 426 kilometres range.

The South Korean auto major is increasing the range of the Tucson SUV to compete with rivals from Honda and Toyota. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell comes with a running range of 589 km while the Toyota Mirai can run up to 502 km from full tank to empty.

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Currently, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV is exclusively available in California for a monthly rent of $499 for three year on lease. Interestingly, Honda too offers the similar scheme for its similarly equipped Clarity. There is presently no confirmation whether customers will be able to buy the Tucson Fuel Cell or not. But the new generation model is also expected to come as a lease-only vehicle like the existing model.

While many automakers around the globe are working on alternative powertrain options like fully electric and plug-in hybrid due to comparatively less efficiency in Fuel Cell tech, giants like Honda, Toyota and Hyundai have already cleared their intention to continue their exploration in this particular aspect.

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass produced compact SUV powered by hydrogen. It comes with an attractive and muscular design. This zero-emission SUV generates 134 hp of peak power at 5,000 rpm and 221 Nm of peak torque at 1,000 rpm. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 12.5 seconds.

Source: Cnet